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February 14, 2014

Buke and Gase debut video(s), play gigs in Asia, Tenn & NY

Happy Valentine's Day! There's good reason to open with that cheerily romantic greeting: We hear some people really love them some Buke and Gase. Take this news brief as a kind of rose bouquet to you, the B&G loving audience.

But...psyche! Anyone expecting lovely smells or great new sounds will be sorely disappointed. The main sense that will be stimulated by this post is your eyes as we introduce two new viewing experiences, starting with this video for "Metazoa"—or perhaps we should call it a "video"?

The band requested the only text accompanying the premiere of said video be what follows:


Arone's dream of Jan15 with Unadulterated Tour...


December 16, 2013

Introducing The Gloaming & other Irish announcements

The holidays & another year's end always brings to mind fresh beginnings. Our latest signing, The Gloaming, recalls Brassland's own beginnings while plotting some new paths. Without further adieu enjoy a free introduction to the group by way of this Bandcamp download of one of their first live shows.

If that's enough to convince you to help this music make its way in the world, go ahead & pre-order the album right now:
- ITUNES (download)
- BANDCAMP (download)
- BRASSLAND STORE (compact disc)
Digital copies will be delivered on or before January 21 and physical copies by February 11.

Still on the fence? Initially introduced to us by one of our c...


November 6, 2013

1942-2013 = Lou Reed = ∞

“It always bothers me to see people writing ‘RIP‘ when a person dies. It just feels so insincere and like a cop-out. To me, ‘RIP‘ is the microwave dinner of posthumous honors.” — Lou Reed

There's this moment at the end of Lou Reed's Berlin concert film when his face changes from a sphinx-like scowl into a gracious glow. It's after Antony sings a cover version of the Velvets' "Candy Says." Transformed in the hands of his protege, Lou rewards Antony with a warm smile — all the more precious for its rarity.

I'm not big into mourning celebrity deaths. There was a day in 1990 when Jim Henson died (almost simultaneous with Sammy Davis!). That was memorable — i...


November 5, 2013

Bryce Dessner records with Kronos Quartet, plays Carnegie Hall

The National’s Bryce Dessner is a man of a million projects, constantly generating material for his various musical identities, the latest of which is a new record, entitled Aheym for the Anti- label. Here, we actually see him sidestepping the guitar in favor of a string quartet and when we say STRING QUARTET we mean for it to be in all caps. Bryce has "gone big" and composed these pieces for one of the most widely-acclaimed contemporary classical ensembles out there, Kronos Quartet.

Also a Brassland co-founder and member of Clogs, Bryce has been an indie rock star by day and contemporary classical composer by night for a long time now. Well, actually, maybe we should say that he&#...


October 23, 2013

People Get Ready tour, work on LP #2 with Deerhoof's Greg Saunier

While you may be staring into the last dregs of 2013 and trying to distract yourself from impending seasonal depression, other people are looking forward to an amazing 2014. What kind of people you ask... Wait, before we get to that: Are you okay? We mean, really, what's wrong with you? Oh, wait a sec, our therapist recently reminded us not to judge. We apologize for being so snappy. And let us get around to a few announcements that might just lift your spirits. For starters: People Get Ready (those people!) have just announced a bunch of new tour dates including their first ever appearances in the southeast and on the west coast of the USA. And yes, this band could be your life, or chan...


September 27, 2013

This is the Kit tour with The National, reissue “Wriggle Out the Restless”

You may have noticed Paris- and Bristol-based band This is the Kit palling around with the Brassland roster for a few years now. They first opened for The National during their storied run of Beacon Theater shows in December 2011. They were invited to The National's All Tomorrow's Parties fest in December 2012, split some UK dates with Buke and Gase just after that, and participated in Brassland events in Adelaide, Australia and Haldern, Germany in 2013. Their 2010 album Wriggle Out the Restless has been available sporadically on Bandcamp throughout this time and we at the label have logged a few frequent flier miles over to the United Kingdom to hang out and spend some time with the...


July 26, 2013

Buke and Gase return to Europe/UK for tour

Buke and Gase had an eventful summer. (That's short for "event full," get it. Ha ha ha -- someone stop us before we kill again...with jokes.) Anyhoo, having spent most of June tearing it up across the 'States alongside Tomahawk (complete with a stop in the nation’s capital opening for Animal Collective), the band is now headed “across the pond” to spread the love in Europe and the United Kingdom this August. Maybe you wanted to check out one of their shows in April, but were distracted by something less interesting like a wedding or birthday party or a gig by a more popular band who you now realize are not as good as Buke and Gase.

The band has a bunch of festival dates lin...


July 10, 2013

Jherek Bischoff releases a video featuring David Byrne

Earlier this week, Pitchfork premiered Jherek Bischoff's new video. The song in question is “Eyes.” Remember it? It serves as the dynamic opening song on his 2012 album Composed and features the vocals and iconically strange lyrics of legendary pop innovator David Byrne, or DB as we like to call him. (Mostly because we feel awkward writing his name in full when we email various associates of his. It totes turns us into geeky fan boys and girls, and brings to mind that time we received an email from Caetano Veloso and were like "-----, whoa!" right before our minds exploded.)

Anyhoo, DB appears in the video alongside Bischoff amid trippy, blinking cuts of stringed instruments. So...


June 14, 2013

Brassland @ Haldern Pop Festival in Germany

Guten Tag! After our recent experience bringing most of our active roster to Australia's Adelaide Festival, the label has begun to keep an eye out for distant cities which might play host to this thing that we do. This August's Haldern Pop Festival in northwestern Germany has answered the call! Billing itself as a "small, cozy festival in the Lower Rhine area," the actually not-so-small fest has an amazing history and plays to a sold out audience of about 5,000 people every summer.

Festival organizer Stefan Reichmann came to us a few months back, asking about artists who might participate in the 2013 edition. This is the Kit, Buke and Gase and Jherek Bischoff said yes! (Bras...


June 3, 2013

People Get Ready debut video for "Zelda Maria," plays with The National

If you’ve seen People Get Ready live, you know it's a band who takes their visuals seriously. They've already received significant attention for their performance-based live shows that are pleasing to both the ear and the eye. To continue this watch-while-you-listen spirit, the band just debuted their new “Zelda Maria” dance/music video on Stereogum.

That's a "dance"-slash-"music" video not a "dance music" video we'll have you know. (Although, yes, their tunes would work pretty well as the soundtrack for your next indie dance party.) The "music" part of this equation is "Zelda Maria," the second single released from PGR's debut album. The tune is the focus of th...


May 22, 2013

Jherek Bischoff featured on Fresh Air, adds fresh tour dates & tours his home

If Jherek Bischoff’s life were a movie, it would start out as the rock band version of "Life of Pi" and morph, through a process of musical inspiration and intense perseverance, into a love story between a ukulele and a string orchestra.

Intrigued? You should be.

Chances are there’s a lot you don’t know about this composer, producer, songwriter, and all around musical powerhouse. The details of his unusual biography were recently aired in an interview on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, where Bischoff gave an enlightening look into his surreal personal history (including a childhood spent on a sailboat playing an uncomfortable amount of Jimmy Buffett covers), the evo...


April 9, 2013

Buke and Gase headline, open for Tomahawk and Animal Collective

Have you ever caught yourself awkwardly fist-pumping and shredding air guitar to General Dome? Don’t stop now. Alt-metal supergroup Tomahawk (featuring Mike Patton of Faith No More and Mr. Bungle, Trevor Dunn, also of Mr. Bungle, Duane Denison of The Jesus Lizard, and John Stanier of Helmet and Battles) has asked Buke and Gase to join them for a series of shows in June. And to further demonstrate the genre-spanning power of Buke and Gase’s music, the band has also been asked to open for psychedelic indie heroes Animal Collective in Washington, DC. (DC is in for quite a treat that week.)

The action actually starts a bit earlier though. There's a gig this Friday at Bryce's Mus...


February 22, 2013

Brassland @ Adelaide Festival, the label curates a festival Down Under

Hi Australia! Here's a cool thing! A half-dozen artists on Brassland's roster (along with a handful of our peers, mentors and friends) are heading Down Under in the first week of March, under the aegis of the Adelaide Festival. The shows are an outgrowth of a long-running conversation between David Sefton, Artistic Director of Adelaide Festival, and Alec Hanley Bemis, co-founder of Brassland. Blurring the lines between composed music, art-rock, and the indie scene, the boundary-crossing program we've created is in the tradition of the LA Phil’s upcoming Brooklyn Festival (2013), BAM’s second annual Crossing Brooklyn Ferry event curated by Bryce and Aaron Dessner, and Les Nuits de...


February 5, 2013

The Return of Clogs

Been wondering what Clogs are up to these days? Most days we wonder the same thing. But today we have actual news for you. The group has just released The Sundown Song EP, an intimate, three-song collection that captures group leader Padma Newsome in his current home base, Mallacoota, one of the most isolated towns in the Australian state of Victoria. The songs explore mortality and bittersweet endings, a theme well-captured in the music video for the title track, "The Sundown Song." Check it out:


Stereogum premiered it earlier today and says "the video is equally as soothing as the track, a collage of real life clips, sepia-toned and almost like living photojournalism." Pitchf...


February 1, 2013

People, get ready to see People Get Ready

Bob Boilen of NPR saw 462 shows last year. (That's not a typo. He's just ambitious.) Anyway, Mr. Bob made a list of his favorite 243 performances of 2012 and he put People Get Ready at number one.

Like, whoa! Anyway this isn't just a numbers game. They did not get a 10.0 or a 7.5 or an 8.9. (Damn that Romanian judge!) Nope he wrote about them, and here's what he said:

No single show took my breath away the way this one did — part rock concert, part performance art, part dance, all perfectly melded together. Having seen so many dudes with guitars during the CMJ Music Marathon, it was incredibly refreshing to find a group challenging and changing the norm. It...


January 29, 2013

New Year, New Gear, New Buke and Gase

Holidays = done. Ready to kickstart the year with renewed resolve? (And not interested in doing a Kickstarter campaign?) Well, here's an idea: how about some awesome new music from Buke & Gase? The duo's new album, "General Dome" came out in North American today, January 29th (Europe & ROW gets it February 22nd). Get some now:

BUY LPs or CDs
BUY FROM AMAZON / iTUNES / ETC.
BUY FROM INSOUND
BUY FROM BANDCAMP

Note that digital downloads from Bandcamp will not be delivered until the February 22nd date!

Enough with the commerce! What is this album all about?

Inspired (in part) by a recent Sol Lewitt exhibition at the Dia Beacon museum in B...


December 14, 2012

Jherek Bischoff invades NYC, Seattle, the Internet

It's been a big year for Mr. Jherek Bischoff, climaxing in a ton of high-profile activity this fall and winter. Let us count off some of the recent ways he has been rockin' his hometown, New York City and the world (wide web). (Speaking of rockin', is classicalin' a word? Maybe it should be?)

So, to recount all the ways Jherek has been classicalin'.

Maybe you caught Jherek in Amanda Palmer's "Do It Like A Rockstar" music video this past November? (Definitely rocking!) The video was filmed in Oklahoma City and you may have picked up on the psychedelic vibes contributed by Flaming Lips' frontman, Wayne Coyne who co-directed the clip with George Sal...


December 10, 2012

The National do All Tomorrow's Parties festival

The National curated (and decidedly sold out) All Tomorrow's Parties festival came and went this past weekend at Pontin's Holiday Camp in Camber Sands, England. It was bone-chillingly cold, it got dark very very early, and the sands at Camber Sands were only braved by the very very brave. (Count among the brave the dudes of The National who went out there for a photo shoot one morning.)

The long and excellent list of featured musicians included Kurt Vile, Bear in Heaven, Deerhoof, Menomena, Hauschka, Richard Reed Parry (three sets!), Sharon Van Etten -- and that's just the musicians who haven't made an appearance on Brassland discs. The Brassland family was well repr...


November 5, 2012

Buke & Gase donate song proceeds to hurricane relief in Red Hook, Brooklyn

There are times where our wacky and/or witty and/or world-weary and/or just plain sarcastic viewpoint, does not do a situation justice. So first things first, we'll let Buke & Gase speak plain here:

We used to call Red Hook, Brooklyn home, a neighborhood that's been greatly damaged by Hurricane Sandy. To help support the recovery process, we are donating a song from our upcoming album. All proceeds from the purchase of this song over the next week will go directly to http://www.rhicenter.org

We wish the best to all who have been affected by the storm, and sending gratitude to those who are helping in any way they can.

- Arone and Aron of Buke and Gase
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October 19, 2012

Bischoff tours, releases instrumentals, writes about "volunteer" musicians

Well folks, Jherek Bischoff is headed back on the road again, manning the bass rig & music director duties for Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra. (He'll also provide lovely opening sets to most shows.) The tour kicks off in London on October 23, traverses Europe until November 4th and then returns to America for awhile. Next his own jams will take the spotlight in a pair of December shows in Seattle & New York. Do you want us to cut to the chase with details? Well, uh, okay then: look here.

If you're feeling leisurely, though, we're happy to explain more in a narrative-oriented, hype-laden, multi-media format. Oooh, exciting...

Well, first the hype: Sinc...


September 21, 2012

October is People Get Ready month

Many of you probably just think of October as "Adopt a Shelter Dog Month," but we at Brassland will humbly submit you should update your calender to reflect that it is also "Adopt People Get Ready Month." If you aren't familiar with People Get Ready, rest assured close followers of Brassland (i.e. you) will soon be inundated with their infectious melodies, relentless high-energy rhythms and genre-bending live performances by the end of said month. With a number of releases, premieres and parties slated to take place, you people should get ready to start autumn by riding the groundswell of PGR output and activities.

For those of you who want to get an early start of things, the...


September 4, 2012

This Is The Kit tours Germany (mostly)

Hey Europeans! Do you folks celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday in September like us? We couldn't figure it out even after extensive Googling of Wikpedia.

Anyway, apparently This is the Kit are celebrating the passing of American Labor Day by touring the heck out of Europe, mostly Germany. They'll will be traveling with fellow musicians Rozi Plain and Jamie Harrison, and we assume they'll be playing together & apart and a good time will be had by all.

Be sure to also note that This Is The Kit are not excluding their British friends. They play Bestival on the Isle of Wight, before the Germany dates kick off, as well as The National-curated All Tomorrow's...


August 9, 2012

Buke and Gase announce new EP, tour with Deerhoof

Ever since Buke and Gase's new song "Hiccup" was released to the public in May, people have been wondering when the next album would be out. Well folks, today is the day!

Well, sort of! We're not actually ready to announce the band's next album but we sure as heck are announcing the crap out of a new 4-track, digital-only EP.

It's called Function Falls and you can preview the first track "Mishaping Introduction" on their Bandcamp page. In other pre-news, you can pre-order it now from Bandcamp too. If you do so the pre-cious new material will be pre-sented to your email inbox on or before September 11th, a heavy release date for a heavy band.

You p...


July 12, 2012

Jherek Bischoff tours with Amanda Palmer, here & abroad

If it seems like Jherek Bischoff has been touring nonstop, it's because he has. And guess what? More tour dates are coming this fall!

Jherek will be joining Amanda Palmer as part of the Grand Theft Orchestra for a long list of U.S., Canadian, and European shows that will start in September and continue through November. And that's not all. If you happen to be a kick ass string player these dates could feature YOU. We'll let Amanda take it from here in this excerpt from her newsletter announcing the dates:

"Grand Theft bassist and arranger/composer JHEREK BISCHOFF will be giving us a dose of BEAUTIFUL string quartet music off his newly released album 'Compose...


June 27, 2012

Clogs re-emerge, go on tour

What ever happened to Clogs? It's a question we periodically ask ourselves. Well, guess what, they're re-emerging this summer for a tour that will explore the northeastern U.S. and Maritime provinces. (We'd never heard of the Maritme provinces either. Apparently it's a Canadian thing.) They also played Los Angeles this past weekend but we forgot to tell you about it. We hear it was awesome.

Anyway, band co-founder and O.G. Brasslander Bryce Dessner will be sitting out this round, but they group will have several guests joining in the music-making. Guitarist Ben Cassorla will join the group throughout the entire tour. Creatures vocalist Shara Worden will sing at the H...


June 22, 2012

Brassland on the road (mostly in Northeastern North America)

Guess what happened last week? Spring sprung into summer and three of our artists began their journeys on the road. (Not to be confused with On the Road, though that's good too.) Why just last week Doveman and Clogs played exceedingly rare live shows -- Doveman in New York's Bryant Park, and Clogs at Los Angeles's Bootleg Theater. And Jherek Bischoff played a three gigs at London's Village Underground, all of them opening for Amanda Palmer. And they'll all be playing more shows in the near future!

I know what you're thinking: "Thanks a lot Brassland, how about you tell us about these gig before they happen? You pretentious NYC a**holes."

(A rejoinder...


June 5, 2012

Jherek Bischoff releases album, tours with Amanda Palmer

Jherek Bischoff's Composed drops today so dust off your record players, clear out your iPods, fire up your computers, and take those ratty old mix CDs out of the car to make some room. (Does anyone still have CD players? Or cars?) What a wonderful day Tuesday June 5th is! That is, unless you live outside of North America in which case maybe you started enjoying the record yesterday and Monday June 4th is looking pretty awesome, too.

We know you've been counting down the days to this joyous moment! Sadly, Jherek hasn't had any time to savor his days. He's been too damn busy taking part in Amanda Palmer's Grand Theft Orchestra. Maybe you've heard about his invo...


May 14, 2012

A look back at Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

We hope everyone enjoyed the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry music festival held earlier this month at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Maybe we enjoyed it a bit too much? Hence the delay in this event wrap-up.

As you probably know already, Bryce and Aaron Dessner curated the event, which featured St. Vincent, The Walkmen, Beirut, Atlas Sound, The Antlers, and many more of Brooklyn's best and brightest and up and comers. (We almost called them "acts" but then thought better of it. Whew, close call.) Brassland's roster was well-represented performances by Jherek Bischoff, People Get Ready, and Buke and Gase. In addition, Bryce sat in with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Aaron guested wit...


April 26, 2012

Buke and Gase working on new album, curating The Stone

Like many others on our roster, Aron and Arone of Buke & Gase are getting a chance to stretch their curatorial muscles this spring. (Get it? That picture is of them stretching. Ha, well, at least we crack ourselves up.) Anyway, the Stone has asked the duo to function as curators for the first two weeks of May. If you've never heard of The Stone, it's a small, drafty, legendary and awesome music performance space on the corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street, started by jazz-slash-uncategorizable musical innovator John Zorn. The building used to be a corner grocery story and the only signage guiding you to the club are the words "The Stone" in small gold lettering glued onto the door, wor...


April 10, 2012

The National + Grateful Dead

We just want to point out that this happened. The Bridge Session, a collaborative concert involving Bob Weir, members of The National, The Walkmen, Takka Takka, Yellow Birds and Thomas "Doveman" Bartlett took place in Northern California (and on the internet) in late March. No it wasn't a collective hallucination. You can read about The National's continuing interest in reinterpreting the Dead legacy elsewhere on the internet, or this more personal take on drummer Bryan Devendorf's appreciation for both the Dead & Phish. Despite our punk & DIY roots here at Brassland, we have erected a big tent all up in here -- and if you go back far enough you sort of start to realize almost al...